Feedback: Police Using Unmarked Vehicle To Nab Distracted Drivers

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State police in New York have another tool in the battle against distracted driving.

It's an unmarked vehicle called a CITE car - for Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement.

In St. Lawrence County, police say by using the car they issued more than 1,500 tickets for cell phone driving last year.

"There is no striping whatsoever on this vehicle. There is a lighting package, but it's not up on the roof or anywhere that people would normally look at this vehicle and say boy that's a police car," Sergeant Patrick Jones of the New York State Police.

St. Lawrence County was one of the first counties in the state to receive a CITE car as part of Governor Cuomo's initiative to combat distracted driving.

Now, all counties have one.

"We have troopers out there and every day this vehicle is in use - specifically looking for people who are talking or texting on their cell phones," said Sergeant Robert Allen of the State Police.

It's easy to spot police cars.

But when they're unmarked - not so much.

Police say that's exactly why they're so effective.

"The unmarked vehicle may be sitting right next to you. And the trooper may look over at you right there when you're on your cell phone and you'd have no idea that vehicle was there," said Jones.

Without the stripes and decals to give them away, police have a better chance of catching people using their phones behind the wheel - a problem they say everyone can avoid by simply pulling over.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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